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Sheriff recommending to dismiss charges against grieving father

Sheriff recommending to dismiss charges against grieving father

White County Sheriff Neal Walden said Friday afternoon that his office is recommending to drop the charges against a grieving father who tried to erect safety measures at his daughter’s wreck site.

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Coroner: Lumpkin 3-year-old’s death was accidental drowning

A 3-year-old who disappeared from his Lumpkin County home Wednesday died of an accidental drowning, according to an autopsy completed Thursday.

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BGW Dental Group celebrates new facility

BGW Dental Group celebrates new facility

You don’t usually see hundreds of people excitedly rush to their dentist’s office.

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Lake issues on tap at meeting

There will be a social hour, with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, but also some serious talk about the many pressing issues facing Lake Lanier at the Gainesville-based Lake Lanier Association’s annual meeting Saturday.

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Deannexation request set for April 30 public hearing

An April 30 public hearing has been set for businessman Chris Nonnemaker’s request to deannex from Clermont.

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Proposed tree ordinance would require root barriers

Flowery Branch city leaders are considering amending an existing ordinance to more clearly specify tree usage in subdivisions.

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Police investigating local tax return fraud

Gainesville police are investigating a man with a history of fraud charges in a possible scam to steal tax refunds from local clients.

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Fund started for children of wreck victim

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Gainesville budget proposal includes no property tax increase

Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett has recommended no property tax increases as part of a $30.76 million spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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Gov. Nathan Deal signs medical marijuana bill into law

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Barriers placed at White County bridge where teens died

Barriers placed at White County bridge where teens died

Family members of two fatal wreck victims in White County said Thursday they were thankful that White County had placed temporary concrete barriers at the scene of the crash, a bridge on Gene Nix Road.

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Badge & Bar: Gainesville Police awarded $10,000 traffic safety grant

A $10,000 grant for traffic safety has been awarded to the Gainesville Police Department.

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Problem-solving, team-building on an international level

Problem-solving, team-building on an international level

Six teams of Hall County students will use artistry and creative thinking in an international competition this May.

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Parks budget bolstered by SPLOST passage

In March, Hall County voters approved a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, to fund $158 million in infrastructure projects.

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Tuition increases to affect Northeast Georgia students

Tuition increases to affect Northeast Georgia students

Despite the average Georgia college graduate’s $24,517 in student-loan debt, tuition at state colleges and universities is going up in the fall.

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FBI warns that investment fraud scheme may have Gainesville area victims

The FBI believes there may be numerous victims in the Gainesville area of an investment fraud scheme.

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Council urges Congress to keep historic tax credit

The Gainesville City Council has joined other municipalities across the state in signing a letter of support for the federal historic tax credit, which offers incentives for the reuse of historic buildings to drive economic development and create new jobs.

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Missing Lumpkin County 3-year-old found dead in pond

A child has been found dead after having been reported missing from the Hemlock Trail area of Lumpkin County today, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

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Health system plans Dawson expansion

Officials with Northeast Georgia Health Systems last week confirmed the hospital has purchased a building on Ga. 400 with plans to expand medical services in Dawson County.

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Cheerleading coach accused of molesting student

Cheerleading coach accused of molesting student

A Gainesville man and cheerleading coach has been charged with molesting one his students.

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Authorities see rise in identity theft in last days of tax season

Authorities see rise in identity theft in last days of tax season

In the past eight days, potential victims of identity fraud filed in to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in droves to make a report.

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Medical campus planned across from new hospital

Medical campus planned across from new hospital

The newly opened Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton in South Hall will have a large healthcare neighbor across the street in the next year or so.

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Cancer survivors attend annual Relay for Life dinner

Cancer survivors attend annual Relay for Life dinner

 A teenage girl and an elderly man may not have much in common.

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Eyes on the Road: North Hall passing lane to become left-turn lane

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to convert a northbound passing lane on U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway at Jess Helton Road in North Hall County into a northbound left turn lane.

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Papa’s Pizza To-Go owner resubmits deannexation request

Businessman Chris Nonnemaker has reapplied for deannexation from Clermont, fulfilling a pledge he made at the April 7 Town Council meeting.

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Planning board keeps buffer requirement for office proposal

An office development proposed for Thompson Bridge Road is on its way to City Council review after the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board made its recommendation Tuesday to require a 25-foot buffer.

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Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

Students at Georgia’s public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

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Area teachers humble in accepting recognition as masters at their craft

Area teachers humble in accepting recognition as masters at their craft

Teachers are more than educators, they are facilitators of life experiences.

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The Local Agenda: City manager’s budget to be unveiled Thursday

Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett will unveil his proposed 2016 fiscal year budget Thursday morning during a work session.

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Hall family unharmed by Monday night garage fire

A family escaped without injury Monday night when a fire started in the garage of their Gainesville home.

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Hall County courts shuffle in annex plan

Hall County courts shuffle in annex plan

With the preliminary plan for reopening of the courthouse annex, the functions of the Hall County Courthouse will shift around like checkers on a checkerboard, said court administrator Reggie Forrester.

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Oakwood OKs parking ordinance

Oakwood City Council unanimously, but unsmoothly, gave its first OK Monday night to an ordinance restricting parking in residential areas.

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Board discusses new school for South Hall

The southern portion of Hall County is booming, and the school board is planning for growth.

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Hall man arrested after trying to improve roadway at daughter’s wreck site

Hall man arrested after trying to improve roadway at daughter’s wreck site

Shannon Hamilton’s trip to the White County bridge in mid-March was a father’s worst nightmare — identifying his 16-year-old daughter, Cecily, as one of two fatal wreck victims.

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Ex-CIA agent weighs in on Cuban relations to group at UNG

Ex-CIA agent weighs in on Cuban relations to group at UNG

As a former CIA agent, military veteran and native Cuban, Col. Felix Rodriguez has an impassioned opinion of U.S. relations with Cuba.

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Chad Black appointed as Hall deputy fire chief

Hall County Fire Services announced Monday that Chad Black had been appointed to the position of deputy fire chief.

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Gas leak causes closure at Gaines Ferry and McEver roads

A gas leak caused a shutdown of Gaines Ferry Road at McEver Road toward Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch on Monday, fire officials said.

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Filing tax returns messier, more complex than ever

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other recent changes to the tax code, filing an annual return appears more complicated than ever.

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Northeast Georgia History Center brings past to area families

Northeast Georgia History Center brings past to area families

The Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University invited the community to attend Sunday’s family day event, which focused on the 1940s. The event was held from 1-4 p.m. and provided visitors with hands-on activities, historical performers and several demonstrations that called for volunteers.

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Georgia families risk fines in resupplying medical marijuana

ATLANTA — Patients who have to go out of state to get cannabis oil say they will face risks and hurdles even after medical marijuana becomes legal in Georgia on Thursday.

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Dahlonega in early stages of downtown pedestrian improvements

Dahlonega in early stages of downtown pedestrian improvements

Anthony Smith knows the value of “foot traffic” at The Fudge Factory, a long-time fixture on the Dahlonega square.

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Residential parking issue resurfaces Monday night at Oakwood City Council

A proposed ordinance restricting parking in residential areas returns to the Oakwood City Council Monday night.

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Class Notes: Business couple to speak at Brenau

Jack Welch and Suzy Welch will share their business advice with the public at 7 p.m. April 30 in the Brenau University Pearce Auditorium.

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Man dies in Banks County wreck

A 41-year-old Martin man died in an early Sunday wreck in Banks County.

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Brenau hosts 2015 Fashion Show at Pearce Auditorium

Brenau hosts 2015 Fashion Show at Pearce Auditorium

The Brenau Collections 2015 Fashion Show took place at the Pearce Auditorium on the Brenau University campus. About 400 people on campus were expected to attend the public and private events making up May Day weekend including the fashion show.

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Restrictions may limit child care

Thousands of Georgia children, many of whom may live in Hall County, could be turned away from child care funding because of restrictions that began in February.

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Boys & Girls Clubs host leadership workshop

Boys & Girls Clubs host leadership workshop

On Saturday, Sisters of Today and Tomorrow hosted its Sisters Circle and Leadership Workshop, “Awakening the Dream in Me” at the Hall County Boys & Girls Teen Club,, for a group of girls that ranged from 11-18 years old.  

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Home reflects community spirit

Home reflects community spirit

For nonprofits, success often lies in defining a mission. Without a clear focus, it’s easy to become stretched too thin.

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Boy's death led to better care for children

Boy's death led to better care for children

A small pulse kept beating in the 19-month-old child covered in bruises.

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Hotel, motel fee riles tourism, hospitality industry

Tourism industry leaders are fuming about the possible economic fallout of a new $5 per night fee on hotel/motel stays.

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Clermont one of few governments still with employee furloughs

Clermont, like other area governments, is gearing up for budget season.

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Students report on sports injuries

Students report on sports injuries

Despite their absence for a softball game, three Brenau softball players had their research on performance-related injuries presented to students Friday at the Brenau University research symposium.

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Aldi cancels plans for Dawson store

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Film festival brings slate of movies to University of North Georgia-Dahlonega

Film festival brings slate of movies to University of North Georgia-Dahlonega

For the second year, the SouthEastern Film Festival is bringing 80 award-winning, independent and otherwise uncommon films to Northeast Georgia for the weekend.

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Anonymous plaintiffs in Chestatee case to be revealed to school’s counsel

The names of three plaintiffs filing a religious lawsuit with the American Humanist Association against Chestatee High School will be revealed to the school’s lawyers.

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Planning board to review office space proposal for Thompson Bridge

Planning board to review office space proposal for Thompson Bridge

The Thompson Bridge Road corridor shifts more and more in the direction of commercial enterprise with each passing year, the residential character evolving into a blend of homes, restaurants and retail stores.

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Sheriff’s office: Gunshot wound found on Kelly Nash

Sheriff’s office: Gunshot wound found on Kelly Nash

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Sean McCusker confirmed Friday that a gunshot wound was found on Kelly Nash.

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Woman recovers “miraculously” after flesh-eating bacteria

Woman recovers “miraculously” after flesh-eating bacteria

It all started with a pain in her elbow.

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Therapy tricycles help people with disabilities

Therapy tricycles help people with disabilities

Not every child learns to ride a bike, but the University of North Georgia is working with a national nonprofit to help more children do so.

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Investigation Discovery to air special on Kelly Nash's disappearance

Investigation Discovery to air special on Kelly Nash's disappearance

The monthlong search for a missing Buford man is the subject of an Investigation Discovery special to air on Sunday.

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County sewer, road maintenance demands reflected in budget requests

The Hall County Public Works Department is comprised of several divisions, but residents are likely most familiar with road maintenance and the sewer utility, if only because that’s what most affects their day-to-day lives.

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Brenau Academy alum to dedicate marker, garden at old school

More than 50 years removed from high school, Marlo Sedki still remembers C.B. Branham well.

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Woman ID’d in Poplar Springs dump truck wreck

Authorities identified the woman killed in a collision with a dump truck Wednesday afternoon on Poplar Springs Road.

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Cumming man charged for racing at 116 mph on Ga. 400

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Hall County Fire Services investigating suspicious fire

Hall County Fire Services investigating suspicious fire

Hall firefighters res­ponded to an abandoned structure on fire Wednesday.

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Law will let distilleries give product on site

Visitors touring the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery who want to take home a bottle of the signature backwoods spirits have to leave the premises, drive a half mile away and shop at the local package store.

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Park construction to wrap soon

Park construction to wrap soon

Area residents don’t have too much longer to wait for the opening of a long-anticipated South Hall park.

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Badge & Bar: Woman charged in child trafficking judged competent

A woman indicted on child trafficking charges is deemed fit to stand trial, as ordered by a Hall County Superior Court judge.

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South Hall tag office may reopen

A motor vehicle tag office in South Hall, shuttered as a result of budget cuts in 2011, could soon be resurrected if Hall County Tax Commissioner Darla Eden gets her way.

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Mountain Fresh Creamery sees extensive growth in four years

Mountain Fresh Creamery sees extensive growth in four years

Residents of Northeast Georgia want fresh, local dairy products.

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‘Dateline NBC’ to air special tonight on Hall Valentine’s Day murder-for-hire

‘Dateline NBC’ to air special tonight on Hall Valentine’s Day murder-for-hire

“Dateline NBC” will delve into the Hall County Valentine’s Day 2010 murder-for-hire that led to three murder convictions.

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One dead in Dawson wreck involving motorcycle, dump truck


Woman killed in wreck with dump truck on Poplar Springs Road

Woman killed in wreck with dump truck on Poplar Springs Road

A woman was killed following a collision with a dump truck Wednesday afternoon in South Hall, according to Georgia State Patrol.

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Beloved pediatrician Larry Morris left mark on community

Beloved, retired pediatrician Dr. Larry Morris died Tuesday, leaving behind a long legacy of healing in Gainesville.

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University of North Georgia students, parents host overdose forum

University of North Georgia students, parents host overdose forum

There’s no need for young people today to die from drug overdoses.

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